Frequently Asked Questions About Activated Charcoal & Tooth Whitening

Posted on: 8 December 2017


Activated charcoal is becoming trendy in the beauty world. It is being used to improve the look of facial skin, cure dry and itchy scalps, minimize underarm odors and sweat and to whiten teeth. If you are looking to whiten your smile, you may be thinking about trying activated charcoal. But before you do, you may have some questions. Here are a few frequently asked questions about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth. 

Can Activated Charcoal Actually Whiten Your Teeth? 

Activated charcoal has been shown to remove stains from teeth and whiten them. Activated charcoal has an absorbent quality to it. When it is placed on the teeth, it can bind to the stains, bacteria and toxins on the teeth that cause the stains. This helps to lift them and pull them up, leaving you with whiter teeth. 

How Do You Use Activated Charcoal to Whiten Teeth? 

The first step in using activated charcoal is to purchase the right product. When you are looking to whiten your teeth, you want to purchase food-grade activated charcoal. It is important to note that this type of charcoal is not the same as the briquettes you grill on. As such, do not go crush those and try to use them on your teeth. You can get sick. 

Once you have activated charcoal powder, you want to pour a bit of charcoal powder on an old toothbrush. Then brush the substance on your teeth in the same fashion you normally brush your teeth. If needed, apply more powder to the toothbrush so you can coat all of your teeth. Brush for a few minutes to work the charcoal into your teeth. 

After brushing your teeth, rinse well with a cup of water. Be sure to remove all of the activated charcoal from your teeth. 

How Frequently Can You Use Activated Charcoal on Your Teeth

Activated charcoal should only be used as needed to whiten teeth. It is advised that you repeat the brushing process daily for three to five days to life stains. This process should not be done more frequently than once every few months. Activated charcoal is abrasive and can wear down your enamel if used too often. As such, you do not want to overdue, and instead, should only use this method sparingly. 

If you are looking to whiten your teeth, activated charcoal may help to slowly remove stains and discoloration, leaving you with a whiter smile. But, if you are looking to whiten your teeth quickly or you have not gotten the results you wanted with activated charcoal, be sure to talk to dentists such as Jacob L. Revercomb DMD about professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective way to whiten your smile.